|William S. Burroughs class on creative reading - Part 1 - Burroughs, William S.|
First half of a William S. Burroughs lecture on creative reading. The lecture mentions a wide variety of authors, including Alistair Crowley, Paul Bowles, and many others. The class also discusses science fiction, non-fiction, general semantics, scriptwriting, cloning, rotten ectoplasm, and judgment in cut-ups, as well as Burroughs's novel, The Soft Machine. (Continues on 79p044.) Keywords: beat movement, experimental literature, consciousness in literature, reality mapping
|Allen Ginsberg on Jack Kerouac part 1 June 1977 - Ginsberg, Allen; Ginsberg, Allen|
The first tape in a two part series which is a class taught by Allen Ginsberg. Subject matter includes the life and work of Jack Kerouac. This is part 1 of 2.
|William S. Burroughs reading. - Burroughs, William S.|
William S. Burroughs reads from "The Place of Dead Roads" and "The Cat Inside." Keywords: beat movement, experimental writing
|William S. Burroughs class on writing sources, July, 1976. - Burroughs, William S.|
First half of a class with William S. Burroughs discussing various sources for writing, including dreams, voices (external and internal), and cut-up, giving examples from his own work. Burroughs emphasizes the importance of egolessness to the writer and presents his sources as a means to that end. In the course of the discussion, Burroughs airs many of his ideas about consciousness. There are questions and answers halfway through the session.(Continues on 76P021)
|Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg reading, including Howl - Brownstein, Michael; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne|
An Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg poetry reading. Waldman reads "Fast Speaking Woman" and other poems. Ginsberg reads "Howl" in its entirety, and other poems.
Keywords: New American Poetry; New York School; feminist poetry; beat movement; political poetry
Downloads: 42,158 (13 reviews)
|On the road: The Jack Kerouac conference, Sam Charters lecture, Jack and jazz, July, 1982. - Charters, Sam|
Sam Charters lecture on Jack Kerouac and jazz at the Jack Kerouac conference, sponsored by the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. The lecture includes discussions on jazz of the Beat generation, be-bop, Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and a recording of Kerouac and Steve Allen reading "Mexico City blues."
Downloads: 8,481 (4 reviews)
|Allen Ginsberg class, The history of poetry, June 1975. - Ginsberg, Allen|
A class about the history of poetry, in a series of classes by Allen Ginsberg in 1975. Ginsberg discusses the work of Ezra Pound, 18th and 19th century poetics, and sound and rhythm in poetry. Ginsberg reads poetry selections, followed by a class discussion. (Continues on 75P008)
|William S. Burroughs class on creative reading - Part 2 - Burroughs, William S.|
Second half of a William S. Burroughs lecture on creative reading. The lecture mentions a wide variety of authors, including Alistair Crowley, Paul Bowles, and many others. The class also discusses science fiction, non-fiction, general semantics, scriptwriting, cloning, rotten ectoplasm, and judgment in cut-ups, as well as Burroughs's novel, The Soft Machine. (Continued from 79p043.) Keywords: beat movement, experimental literature, consciousness in literature, reality mapping
|John Giorno, and William S. Burroughs reading, July, 1976. - Burroughs, William S.|
Second half of a reading by John Giorno and William S. Burroughs at the Naropa Institute in July of 1976. Burroughs reads a longer piece, "Tio Mate smiles" from The Wild Boys, as well as a few shorter pieces, including "The do-rights" from the Nova Express, "When did I stop wanting to be president?" and "From here to eternity." (Continued from 76P115)
|John Cage studio performance, January, 1979. - Cage, John|
A John Cage studio reading of "Mureau", "She's asleep", and "Six melodies for violin and keyboard."
|Allen Ginsberg performing William Blake. - Ginsberg, Allen|
A reading by Allen Ginsberg performing William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. Songs of Innocence includes: "The Shepherd," "The Echoing Green," "The Lamb," "The Little Black Boy," "The Blossom," "The Chimney Sweeper," "The Little Boy Lost," "The Little Boy Found," "Laughing Song," and "Holy Thursday." Songs of Experience includes: "Nurse's Song," "The Sick Rose," "Ah Sunflower," "The Garden of Love," "London," "The Human Abstract," "To Tirzah" and "The Grey Monk."
Keywords: New American Poetry; beat movement; visionary poetry; performance poetry
Downloads: 19,891 (4 reviews)
|Allen Ginsberg Class 6 Expansive Poetics - Ginsberg, Allen|
Tape 6 of an 11 tape series of a class taught by Allen Ginsberg on Expansive Poetics. Ginsberg discusses the lives and writing of Anna Akhmatova and Sergey Yesenin.
Downloads: 627 (1 review)
|Peter Lamborn Wilson lecture, Plowing the clouds, July, 1994. - Wilson, Peter Lamborn|
A Peter Lamborn Wilson lecture on the role of the poet in interpreting archaeology, anthropology, and human pre-history. He encourages poets to get involved in learning about these fields and taking on the task of interpreting the evidence, since scientists are reluctant to draw conclusions about the past. Wilson believes that we should move beyond interdisciplinary studies to what he calls "anti-categorization." During the course of the lecture he outlines some of his own ideas about the origin...
Downloads: 2,822 (3 reviews)
|William S. Burroughs lecture on public discourse. - Burroughs, William S.; Ginsberg, Allen|
A lecture by William S. Burroughs on public discourse, with an introduction by Allen Ginsberg. Topics included are nuclear weapons, disarmament, the Equal Rights Amendment, aliens, dreams, function of the artist, mind-altering drugs, reincarnation, space travel, television, and economics. Keywords: beat generation, literature and the state, technology and literature, literature and society, protest literature
Downloads: 12,017 (4 reviews)
|William S. Burroughs lecture - Part 1 - Burroughs, William S.|
First half of a lecture by William S. Burroughs including a tape recorded experiment called "Paranormal Voices," a cut-up experiment of Brion Gysin, experiments with Sommerville, messages from dreams, The Last Words of Dutch Schultz, and phrases of minimal context. Burroughs also discusses Shakespeare, computers, Homer, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, and Carl Jung. Lecture ends with a question and answer session...
|William Burroughs reading, Art now: A day of contemporary art, July, 1989. - Burroughs, William S.|
A William S. Burroughs reading compiled from a number of works. Burroughs covers topics from miracles and magic to the Titanic, narcotics, the supernatural and hospitals.
Downloads: 3,995 (1 review)
|A performance by Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, and Steven Taylor - Ginsberg, Allen; Hawkins, Bobbie Louise; Taylor, Steven; Waldman, Anne|
A performance by Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, and Steven Taylor. The recording includes: Ginsberg accompanied by Taylor performing "1948: A Western Ballad," Hawkins's "Middle-Aged Woman Stardust Rap," and Waldman accompanied by Taylor performing "Contra Chant." Also included is an untitled song performed by Taylor.
Keywords: New American Poetry; Beat Movement; political poetry; Buddhism; performance poetry; Naropa performance
Downloads: 6,982 (2 reviews)
|William S. Burroughs class on writing sources - Burroughs, William S.|
End of a class with William S. Burroughs, finishing with a question and answer session with Burroughs responding to remarks about women, non-referential images, non-linear thinking, and telepathy. (Continued from 76p020-021.) Keywords: Beat Movement, Experimental Writing, Aural Poetry, Consciousness and Literature
|Peter Lamborn Wilson lecture, Woman in the wilderness, July, 1993. - Wilson, Peter Lamborn|
A Peter Lamborn Wilson lecture on utopian communities in America, including a 17th century community of mystics founded by Johannes Kelpius and known as The Society of the Woman in the Wilderness. Wilson divides communities into two types: platonic (based on an authoritarian, usually Christian, ideology) and anti-platonic (based on autonomy and equality). He evaluates communities according to how they perceive nature and wilderness, putting his discussion in the context of the differences in out...
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|William S. Burroughs Sr. and William S. Burroughs Jr. reading, August, 1979. - Burroughs Jr. , William S.; Burroughs, William S.|
A William S. Burroughs, Sr. and William S. Burroughs, Jr. reading. The reading displays a contrast between William S. Burroughs Jr.'s writings and the writings of his father, William S. Burroughs, Sr. William S. Burroughs Jr. reads a series of short poems and plays the harmonica, followed by William S. Burroughs Sr. reading from his then unpublished work, The Gay Gun. (Continues on 79P104)
|Allen Ginsberg class 1 - Ginsberg, Allen|
This is a class on Shakespeare's Tempest, taught by Allen Ginsberg, from August 18, 1980 at Naropa. At the outset, Ginsberg explains that instead of reading the whole play through, he will touch on important lines in each Act and scene and explore them deeply. In this recording he discusses Act I scene 1 and 2 with various digressions and explications on Shakespeare's metaphores, Aristotle's poetic and dramatic theories, Ezra Pound's four parts of poetry, and Ginsberg's own poetic influences fro...
|Allen Ginsberg class, The history of poetry, part 3, June, 1975 - Corso, Gregory; Ginsberg, Allen|
A class on the history of poetry by Allen Ginsberg, in a series of classes in the Summer of 1975. Gregory Corso helps teach the class. Percy Bysshe Shelley and Thomas Hood are discussed extensively. The class reads from Shelley, and Ginsberg recites Shelley's "Ode to the west wind."
|Allen Ginsberg workshop, Jack Kerouac Conference. - Ginsberg, Allen|
An Allen Ginsberg workshop featuring student poetry readings. There is also a discussion about style and ordinary mind. This workshop took place during the 1982 Jack Kerouac Conference at the Naropa Institute.
Keywords: New American Poetry; beat movement; Buddhism; spirituality and literature
Downloads: 2,494 (1 review)
|Meredith Monk performance, July, 1975. - Monk, Meredith|
Meredith Monk, composer, singer, director, choreographer, performs Our Lady of Late. Monk's vocals are accompanied by wine glass and percussion.
Downloads: 4,608 (1 review)
|Kathy Acker and Michael Brownstein reading, June, 1979. - Acker, Kathy; Brownstein, Michael|
First half of a Kathy Acker and Michael Brownstein reading. Brownstein reads a selection of poems, including "Paris Visitation," "Distance Between People," and "Breakdown On Broadway." Kathy Acker selections include "Sex Show." (Continues on 79P097)
|John Cage interview and performance, Empty words, August, 1974. - Cage, John|
Second half of an interview and performance by John Cage. Including a performance of "Empty words" with audience participation. (Continued from A002A)
|Allen Ginsberg and jazz ensemble at the West End Tavern, Boulder, Colorado, July, 1991. - Ginsberg, Allen; Lande, Art|
Allen Ginsberg sings at the West End Tavern in Boulder, Colorado, accompanied by a jazz ensemble with Art Lande. Highlights include "Hum bom," "Put down your cigarette rag (Don't smoke)," and "Sickness blues."
Downloads: 1,326 (1 review)
|William S. Burroughs class on writing sources - Part 2 - Burroughs, William S.|
Second half of a class with William S. Burroughs, continuing with his exploration of egoless sources for writing, focusing on the nature of egolessness, especially its relation to Buddhist notions of egolessness and nonattachment. Notably, Burroughs maintains that "the goal of enlightenment is not necessarily the goal of the writer." There are some brief digressions on the relation between written, spoken, and nonverbal communication...
|William Burroughs Loka interview. - Burroughs, William S.; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne|
An interview with William S. Burroughs for Loka magazine with additional commentary by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman. The interview covers topics such as government, the New Age movement, identity, biology, cloning, war, escapism, and gurus. Keywords: beat generation, political poetry, activist poetry
Downloads: 8,406 (4 reviews)
|Allen Ginsberg class on William Carlos Williams and prosody - Part 1 - Ginsberg, Allen|
First half of a class by Allen Ginsberg on William Carlos Williams and prosody. Included are discussions on Williams's poems: "Thursday," "To Elsie," "Horned Purple," and "The Term." This class also covers the importance of Williams to Robert Creeley and Williams's translations from Chinese. (Continues on 76p051, currently not available.)
Keywords: New American Poetry; Black Mountain School; beat movement; Buddhism; consciousness and literature; objectivism
Downloads: 1,864 (1 review)
|Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Steven Taylor and Bobbi Louise Hawkins performance, July, 1989. - Ginsberg, Allen; Hawkins, Bobbie Louise; Taylor, Steven; Waldman, Anne|
Second half of a reading with Allen Ginsberg, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Anne Waldman, and Steven Taylor. This portion of the reading features Waldman and Ginsberg. (Continued from 89P045)
Downloads: 4,663 (2 reviews)
|Allen Ginsberg class. - Ginsberg, Allen; Whalen, Philip|
Allen Ginsberg discusses politics, attitude, anxiety, aggression, and nonviolent action. Ginsberg discusses Rainer Maria Rilke with Philip Whalen, reads an improvised poem, asks a student to do the same, then discusses the process. The tape ends with some talk about Naropa's money problems.
Keywords: New American Poetry; New York School; West Coast poetry; spiritualism and literature; beat movement; political poetry; protest poetry; Buddhism
Downloads: 3,612 (1 review)
|Harry Smith lecture on Native American cosmos. - Smith, Harry|
Harry Smith describes two Native American ceremonies he witnessed in the early 1940's in the Pacific Northwest. Interspersed with his account of the ceremonies, he discusses tangentially various related topics, including Native American health before the European invasion, Native American sign language, the migration of symbols, misogyny in anthropological accounts of Native American peoples, creation myths, and cosmology.
Keywords: spirituality and literature; mysticism
Downloads: 5,545 (2 reviews)
|Allen Ginsberg class 3 - Ginsberg, Allen|
This is a class on Shakespeare's Tempest, taught by Allen Ginsberg, from August 20, 1980 at Naropa. At the outset, Ginsberg explains that instead of reading the whole play through, he will touch on important lines in each Act and scene and explore them deeply. In this recording he discusses Act III scenes 1 through 3 with various digressions and explications on Shakespeare's metaphores. This is class 3 of 4.
|Allen Ginsberg class 2 August 1980 - Ginsberg, Allen|
A continuation of a class on Shakespeare's Tempest, Allen Ginsberg draws parallels between Gregory Corso and Shakespeare, reading verse by both authors. Later Allen goes deeper into the text of Act I of Shakespeare's Tempest. This is class 2 of 4.
|Allen Ginsberg workshop, Jack Kerouac Conference. - Ginsberg, Allen|
Allen Ginsberg talks about writing techniques. At the beginning of the workshop, he describes the Naropa custom of bowing to begin an event. This workshop took place during the 1982 Jack Kerouac Conference at the Naropa Institute.
Downloads: 3,802 (1 review)
|On the road: The Jack Kerouac conference, Ann Charters workshop, July, 1982. - Charters, Ann|
First workshop of the Jack Kerouac conference, sponsored by the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Anne Charters (biographer and Kerouac Scholar) tells how Kerouac's books have influenced her and a generation. She goes into detail about his style and the influence he had on her as well as her works. Her main focus is on Kerouac's book On The Road and how the book should be seen as one of the most important American novels.
Downloads: 2,919 (3 reviews)
|Allen Ginsberg and Michael McClure reading - Part 1 - Ginsberg, Allen; McClure, Michael|
First part of a reading by Allen Ginsberg and Michael McClure. Anne Waldman introduces the reading that includes Ginsberg performing "Howl," "A Strange New Cottage in Berkeley," and "Supermarket in California." McClure reads "For the Death of 100 Whales," "Jaguar Skies," and "Dark Brown." (Continued on 76p108.)
Keywords: New American Poetry; West Coast poetry; beat movement; music and literature
Downloads: 7,956 (2 reviews)
|Allen Ginsberg class, The history of poetry, part 11, June, 1975. - Ginsberg, Allen|
A class on the history of poetry by Allen Ginsberg, in a series of clases by Ginsberg in the summer of 1975. Ginsberg discusses the metaphysical poets during the seventeeth century, specifically John Donne and Andrew Marvel. Ginsberg reads and discusses several of Donne's and Marvel's poems. There is also a discussion of the metaphysical poets and gnosticism.
|Harry Smith Cajun music. - Smith, Harry|
A compilation of sounds by Harry Smith with chanting, street sounds, singing, poetry, blues, and rock. Includes the Fugs playing, "The Summer of Love," "The Modest Rose," and "Ciao Man." This tape is likely to include sounds made from a microphone hung out of Allen Ginsberg's New York Lower East Side apartment.
Keywords: mysticism; consciousness
Downloads: 8,188 (3 reviews)
|Allen Ginsberg Class 19th Century Poetry pt. 2 - Allen Ginsberg|
|Diane di Prima reading July 1987 - diPrima, Diane|
A Diane di Prima reading, accompanied by Art Landy. Di Prima reads poems that span her career until that point, including "Loba" poems.
|Peter Lamborn Wilson and Lawrence Ferlinghetti reading, March, 1998. - Ferlinghetti, Lawrence; Taylor, Steven; Wilson, Peter Lamborn|
A Peter Lamborn Wilson and Lawrence Ferlinghetti reading with Wilson discussing Harry Smith in a talk he calls, "Praying in darkness." Wilson also discusses Chinese shamanism. Ferlinghetti reads with musical accompaniment by Steven Taylor. They perform "The greedy blues" and "The breeding blues," followed by a series of poems. The reading ends with "Are there not still fireflies" and "Rivers of light."
Downloads: 2,321 (1 review)
|Allen Ginsberg Class 8 Expansive Poetics - Ginsberg, Allen|
Tape 8 of an 11 tape series of Allen Ginsbergs class on Expansive Poetics. Subject matter includes background on Surrealism and concepts of language and the imagination as well as readings of works by such writers as Tristan Tzara, Philip Lamantia, Andre Breton, Robert Desnos, Vitezslav Nezval, Philippe Soupeau, Francis Picabia, and Benjamin Perret.
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|Gregory Corso teaches Allen Ginsberg's class, The history of poetry, June, 1975. - Corso, Gregory|
The first two classes in a "History of poetry" series by Allen Ginsberg in the summer of 1975, taught by Gregory Corso while Ginsberg was sick. Corso holds the class in a "Socratic" format, allowing the students to ask him questions about anything they wish. He describes his process of editing and shaping a poem, and also talks about his family and relations with members of the Beat generation.
|Amiri Baraka lecture - Part 1 - Baraka, Amiri|
First half of an Amiri Baraka lecture on various subjects including poetry as the basis of all writing, William Shakespeare, dub poets, the United States in Grenada, Brahma, Mark Twain, slave writing, African syntax, and critical realism. (Continues on 84p002.)
Keywords: New American Poetry; New York School; African American literature; poetry and race
|Thurston Moore performance March 2006 - Moore, Thurston|
Recorded March, 9th, 2006 at the Boulder Theater, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth performs his poetry and music as part of a benifit for Burma Life and La Casa de la Esperanza. For the first half of the recording, Thrurston reads poems from his books, Alabama Wildman, What I like About Feminism and Nice War, the latter two in their entirety. The second half is a set of songs mostly from the Sonic Youth Ep, Rather Ripped (release date, June 2006) including, Lights Out, Incinerate, Sleeping Around, ...
|William S. Burroughs workshop, Jack Kerouac Conference - Part 1 - Burroughs, William S.|
First half of a workshop with William S. Burroughs comparing his works to those of Jack Kerouac, discussing their writing techniques. Burroughs provides biographical information on where the two met and their relationship. He also discusses what it means to be a writer and how many people are not writers even though they claim to be and have published work. Burroughs responds to questions about his relationship with Kerouac, dreams, and his own literary influences...
Downloads: 11,215 (4 reviews)
|Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs class, July, 1984. - Burroughs, William S.; Ginsberg, Allen|
Allen Ginsberg class with William Burroughs. Ginsberg begins by reading from Burroughs's work, including his book Nova Express. Burroughs arrives and discusses writing techniques, including the idea that "Life is a cut up." He also talks about why he became a writer, Laurie Anderson, rolling drunks, biological warfare, weapons and retreats. The class learns some exercises for observing details while walking down the street.
Downloads: 6,942 (2 reviews)